It’s July 15, the day after Bastille Day, and I awoke to learn that the death toll in Nice, which is being called a terrorist attack (we know little right now) has risen to 84. It’s immensely sad, and I have no idea how to stop it. I’m sure France will go on, and will put on a brave face, but enough is enough. But of course it’s not enough: this will continue.
It’s Elderly Men Day in Kiribati (Christmas Island), where Stephen Barnard goes to fish. On this day in 1799, the Rosetta Stone was discovered in Egypt, and, in 1839, an event occurred described on Wikipedia like this: “Ralph Waldo Emerson delivers the Divinity School Address at Harvard Divinity School, discounting Biblical miracles and declaring Jesus a great man, but not God. The Protestant community reacts with outrage.” I did not know that. On July 15, 1918, the Battle of the Marne began, and exactly ten years ago today, Twi**er was launched. I am not sure that was a good thing.
Notables born on this day include Carl Woese (1928), Jocelyn Bell (1943), Linda Rondstadt (1946; she turns 70 today), and Diane Kruger (1976). Those who died on this day include Julia Lennon, John Lennon’s mother and subject of his song “Julia” (1958). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is dong his job as part of Hili’s staff:
Hili: Those crows make me nervous.A: Relax. They are afraid of black dogs.Hili: Oh, that’s nice.
Hili: Te wrony budzą mój niepokój.
Cyrus; Spokojnie, one się boją czarnych psów.
Hili: O, to miło.